Barkell, Metzler help lift Pacers
In Aiken, Ty Barkell and Ryan Metzler had three RBI apiece as USC Aiken claimed a 10-6 win over Limestone on Wednesday night.
The Pacers entered the night having lost three of four.
Michael Hughey was 3 for 4 with two RBI for the Saints.
• In Athens, Ga., Dillon Dobson homered to lead Appalachian State to an 8-5 win over Georgia.
Justin Bryan went deep for the Bulldogs.
• In Columbia, LB Dantzler hit a pair of home runs and drove in six runs to lead South Carolina to a 12-4 rout of Davidson.
Max Schrock was
2 for 3 with an RBI for the Gamecocks.
• In Clemson, S.C., Matthew Crownover pitched six scoreless innings to help lead Clemson to a 3-1 win over Charleston Southern.
Crownover gave up three hits and had two strikeouts to improve to 2-0.
NeSmith claims honor from SEC
South Carolina golfer Matt NeSmith, of North Augusta, was named the Southeastern Conference Men’s Freshman of the Week for the second time in a row.
NeSmith tied for third at the Palmetto Intercollegiate this week, posting a career-best total of 1-under-par 209 in the 54-hole event.
• In Young Harris, Ga., USC Aiken swept its softball doubleheader against Young Harris, taking the first game 6-2 and the second game 8-3.
Brittney Williamson was 2 for 4 with two RBI in the first game for the Pacers.
Cortney Sadley led USC Aiken in the nightcap, going 2 for 4 with an RBI.
• Aiken Tech forward Maurice Strong was named to the NJCAA Region 10 first team.
Strong, of Swainsboro, Ga., averaged 14.2 points and 10.1 rebounds this season.
Play suspended at eGolf event
In Charlotte, N.C., for the second consecutive day, play at the eGolf Tour’s Championship at Ballantyne Country Club was suspended because of darkness.
The event, which has been shortened from 54 holes to 36, will resume today.
Augusta’s Brad Arrington and former Augusta State golfers Taylor Floyd and Mitch Krywulycz are in the field. None of them were able to complete the second round.
US to use same group vs. Serbia
U.S. Davis Cup captain Jim Courier plans to face No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Serbia in the quarterfinals with the same group – Sam Querrey, John Isner, twins Bob and Mike Bryan – that beat Brazil in the first round.
The United States hosts Serbia in Boise, Idaho, on April 5-7. The matches will be played on an indoor hard court.
Courier won’t officially announce his roster until 10 days before facing Serbia.
• In Indian Wells., Calif., Maria Kirilenko outlasted No. 5 seed Petra Kvitova 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in searing heat to reach the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open for the first time.
Playing in temperatures that topped an unseasonable 90 degrees on Wednesday, Kirilenko improved to 6-0 in three-set matches this year. Seeded 13th, the Russian is playing her first tournament since mid-February when she retired with a right shoulder injury in the first round at Doha.
On the men’s side, No. 8 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga outlasted No. 17 Milos Raonic 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, and Kevin Anderson defeated No. 13 Giles Simon 6-3, 1-6, 6-4.